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Research Unit on the Philosophy of Biomedicine, Health Professions, and Public Health Sciences


This unit studies the central questions in theory of science, ethics, and politics that arise in connection with medicine, health, and health practice. The research bears on, among others, the articulation of the concepts of disease and  the development of diagnostics, the requirement of an evidence-based medical and clinical practice (including the relation between qualitative and quantitative evidence), the altered understanding of the human body in light of biotechnological and neuroscientific development, ethical questions in relation to health promotion, health enhancement, our understanding of autonomy and justice in light of altered relations among health professionals, patients, and the state.

The unit strengthens a national and international research collaboration developed during the past 40 years, including an extensive collaboration with what is now the Faculty of Health at Aarhus University. In collaboration with the Center for Humanistic Health Research, the unit provides the research basis for teaching in philosophy and theory of science in connection with a number of programmes at the Faculty of Health. Finally, the unit pursues an extensive research collaboration, both nationally and internationally, with a number of health institutions and research centers.

Events Spring 2020



10.15-11.45 (1484-200)

Raffaele Rodogno & Katrine Krause-Jensen (Aarhus Universitet)





10.15-11.45 (1484-200)


Anna Paldam Folker (Syddansk Universitet)

How philosophy inspires public health research – examples from the National Institute of Public Health

In the talk I will speak about recent work at the National Institute of Public Health at SDU where we try to combine philosophical analysis and public health research. Our approach is to work very closely with empirical research to identify relevant research questions, analyze empirical data in a philosophical framework and ensure a mutual dialogue between theory and practice. I will outline this approach and give examples from two current projects; (i) on the relation between meaning in life and loneliness (ii) the philosophical foundation of rating scales measuring well-being. To invite a shared reflection I will come across the following questions: How did the projects start? What were the issues that prompted them in the first place? How was the collaboration between philosophy and empirical research? What were the benefits/challenges? 



10.15-11.45 (1484-200)


Saana Jukola (Bielefeld University)



The following members of the programme participate regularly to the activities organized by the unit. Most activities are open to those interested. Please, contact the unit coordinator for further information.

Jacob Busch

Associate Professor, Department Manager

Raffaele Rodogno

Associate professor, research programme director

Unit Coordinator